Single poem submissions only (max three entries per writer) that engage the world of music in some way. This need not be explicit, as we are interested in work that does so in subtle and surprising ways too! Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please immediately withdraw any work that is accepted elsewhere. Our judges will read blindly, so please remove all identifying info from your manuscript before submitting (but if you forget, we'll edit it out before they get it).
1st Place- $500 + Opossum Prize trophy featuring gold opossum!
3rd Place- $100
*All winners receive publication in the 2020 issue of Opossum (release date October, 2020) and ten copies of the issue/7" record.
Top ten finalist receive mention in the issue and a set of back issues! Winners and finalists will be notified by July 1.
Judged by Cate Marvin: Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinsky for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. Marvin teaches poetry writing in the Stonecoast M.F.A. Program at the University of Southern Maine and is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Erin Belieu. Her third book of poems, Oracle, was released from W.W. Norton & Co. in 2015. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she lives in Scarborough, Maine.